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New to bonsai - help please!

So I got a bonsai yesterday - soil was very dry when I received it so I watered.  Today many of the leaves were green but crispy and falling off.  I trimmed what I believed to be dead/brittle branches and leaves.  Not sure if that was the right thing to do, it now looks very bare and I'm worried it's dying?  I put it in water in the sink for 10 minutes, as I read that's what you should do when they dry up.  Still green underneath the bark.  Any advice would be massively appreciated!  Not the best start to owning a bonsai, but I really want to learn!  

Bottom picture is what it looked like this morning - top two are now.

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  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,433
    For now I would leave it alone.Keep watering (not waterlogged) and keep outside in a shady place.
    If still OK next spring it can be re-potted etc
    Also give it a feed.
    It needs time to recover a bit for now.
    I think it may be a Chinese Elm.
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • For now I would leave it alone.Keep watering (not waterlogged) and keep outside in a shady place.
    If still OK next spring it can be re-potted etc
    Also give it a feed.
    It needs time to recover a bit for now.
    I think it may be a Chinese Elm.
    Thanks very much for your reply!  Fingers crossed it will be OK, yes I do believe it's a Chinese Elm!
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